Cheetah Centre
    The Cheetah & Wildlife Ranch aims to ensure our children never have to watch cheetahs and wild dogs become extinct like many other animals already.

    The Cheetah Centre is a tribute to a woman who has devoted her life to the survival of the cheetah species since 1971. over the years developing an extensive community of outreach and educational programes as well as a strategic breeding plan to build up the number of cheetah left in the world with a view to getting them off the “Endangered Animals” list.

    The Cheetah Centre is guarded by the majestic Waterberg mountains allowing the cheetahs to flourish in this un commercialized area of peace and tranquility.

    Game is also plentiful in the reserve including: eland, hartebeest, blesbok, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, warthog, ostrich, zebra, impala, waterbuck, kudu and many more.

    Combine the Ranch’s rich variety of wildlife and bird species, clear night skies (especially in the winter months), minimal signs of human development, and you have nature at its best!
    Your Role
    Your role:
    A typical day may be:

    MORNING: In the mornings at the centre the volunteers will be divided into smaller groups to help with daily running tasks at the centre. This could involve cleaning rounds, feeding rounds, ambassador care (conditioning ambassador animals to being around humans), cheetah runs (exercise program) and basic animal health care assisting with certain veterinary tasks.

    AFTERNOON: The afternoon the volunteers will come back together to participate on maintenance of the centre. This work can involve invasive vegetation removal, enclosure repair, enclosure painting, refurbishing enclosures (making the enclosures more habitable for the animals) and reserve maintenance (this could involve repair of the roads, clearing back bush etc.).
    The order of these activities can change from day to day depending on the needs of the centre; however whatever activity you do participate in they are guaranteed to be rewarding and interesting.

    Depending on the activities planned on a day, it could start between 7 – 9 am and finish between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. There may be longer breaks in the middle of the day due to the heat.
    Is the work dangerous?
    YES - Working with wild animals can be very dangerous if the correct procedures are not followed.
    Is there a potential risk?
    *Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in the South Africa so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.

    The Centre is in a non-malaria area.

    Due to working with wild animals it is suggested that a tetanus injection be administered prior to arrival as cuts and scratches are unavoidable at times.
    Dates and Duration
    Dates:
    All year round.

    Arrivals and depart on Tuesdays only for included transfers.

    If you arrive on any other day of the week an additional transfers costs will apply.
    Duration:
    Min 2 week
    Overview
    Highlights:
    The care and daily managing of endangered species and wildlife.
    Interaction with Cheetahs
    Gain an understanding of the daily running of a game reserve and its challenge’s
    Building new skills, relationship.
    Personal growth.
    Privilege to stay in an area where you will encounter interesting animals, insects and reptiles and learn more about them.
    The care and daily managing of endangered species and wildlife.
    Interesting outings on Saturday free day.
    Shadowing of Pre-vets – working with the vet on occasions and with the resident vet nurse daily.
    Minimum Age:
    18
    Police clearance:
    No
    Special skills required:
    • Enthusiasm
    • Team work orientated
    • Willingness to tackle any task
    • be able to work in a group
    Language requirement:
    Intermediate English
    What's included:
    Transport from OR Tambo Airport to De Wildt Shingwedzi and back.
    Accommodation - shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms.
    Three meals per day
    Local transport around the farm
    Laundry - Washing machine available for volunteers to use.

    What's excluded:
    - Flight tickets
    - Medical Insurance or any needed pre-treatments.(Tetanus injections)
    - Weekend excursions on free days.
    - Lunches on free days
    - Towel and toiletries
    - Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
    - Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
    Location
    Closest town:
    Bela Bela "Limpopo" (Fly into Johannesburg)
    Surrounding area:
    Located two and a half hours from O.R.Tambo airport at the base of the majestic Waterburg Mountain range.
    Transport:
    Included for arrivals and departures from O.R.Tambo airport on a Tuesday.

    Local transport on the farm will be provided to chalets and daily activities.
    Accommodation
    Get the real African experience staying the game lodges with your own private pool, braai area and lapa!

    All game lodges have a lounge, dining room and kitchen. Kitchens fully equipped and have fridges, stoves, microwaves, kettles and toasters. Linen and towels also supplied.

    KOLOBE - EIGHT TO TWELVE SLEEPER:
    Main-en-suite with double bed, shower, basin and toilet, extra beds when needed
    One room with two single beds or 2 bunk beds when needed.
    One room with double bunk leading onto room with double bed.
    Bathroom with shower, bath, basin. Separate toilet.
    Meals:
    Three healthy meals per day.

    Breakfast – can consist of a warm breakfast, cereals or warm porridge
    Lunch – consists of a light lunch.
    Dinner – can consist of a one dish meals or a two course meal.

    Lactose/gluten intolerants/vegan/vegetarians are catered for. Other special diets to be discussed prior to arrival.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    - Snacks
    - Alcohol